Haddin credits tweak in batting grip for rich scoring form in Oz domestic cricket
Brad Haddin has claimed a tweak to his batting grip is the reason he continues to score a truckload of runs in Australian domestic cricket, keeping himself right in contention for a Test recall.
After blasting an entertaining 59 for the Sydney Sixers in their Big Bash League win over the Sydney Thunder on Saturday, Haddin revealed one-on-one tuition with respected batting coach Mark O'Neill had led to his purple patch of form.
Haddin has returned to score two centuries for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield, the only player to do so this season, and a 73 against Queensland last week, which he labelled his best knock this season.
"Spending time with Mark has made a massive difference to my batting, and he made a couple of changes to my technique," News.com.au quoted Haddin, as saying to an Australian paper.
"My top hand had come around. I was playing injured with my top hand for a while, my grip got into the wrong spot, and that wrong spot became natural to me because I had played so long with it," Haddin added.
"I had my first hit with him before my last Test in Adelaide (in January), and I've worked with him ever since. Things were all in the right place as we went to the West Indies, I didn't play over there, but I'm content with where everything is at now," he said.
Haddin made an early exit from the Caribbean when his young daughter became seriously ill, and ended up losing his Test spot permanently to the younger Matthew Wade.
Haddin has been asked repeatedly about reclaiming the gloves after every big innings, but maintains things will fall into place as long as he keeps scoring.